Jun 01, 2012 - 5:01 pm
My best friend and chemo buddy (I've just finished treatment for colon cancer) has been in remission from her ovarian cancer for almost 5 years. She's recently had a recurrence with the tumor attached to her sigmoid colon. She had 2 treatments of Taxol/Carboplatin and had such a severe reaction that the Taxol had to be discontinued. She finished her remaining 4 chemos with Carboplatin only.
Today she got her scan results - the tumor has shrunk slightly and apparently has not spread anywhere else. Her doctor (at University of Oklahoma) gave her a choice of starting Doxil treatments or to wait 3 months and have another scan, then go from there. According to my friend, the doctor didn't offer any advice or in depth discussion as to which way she should go, just telling her she needed a decision in a week.I'm not sure if the problem is the doctors "bedside manner" or my friend not asking questions, but this doctor is supposed to be an expert regarding ovarian cancer and I'd expect a better consultation from her. Unfortunately my friend lives in Oklahoma and I'm in NY, so I'm not able to go with her - but her husband goes to every appointment.
What I'm trying to ask, in my long winded way is did anyone have experience with a recurrence and making a decision like this? How harsh a drug is Doxil and what side effects did you have?
Thank you all for listening, and I appreciate any insight you could give me, as wel as any suggestions.